Cathrine Burnett-Wake 

Head shot of Cathrine Burnett-Wake, Melbourne based Registered Migration Agent. Picture taken in Dandenong

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Meet our Director and Principal Migration Agent

Hello and welcome to the website for Migration Matters.

I'm Cathrine Burnett-Wake, a former state MP in the Legislative Council for the Eastern Victoria region, and I've been providing immigration and visa advice to individuals and businesses for over 20 years.


In addition to working as a Registered Migration Agent, I served 4-years as a Tribunal Member at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (2017-2021), presiding over visa refusals and cancellations. 


Not only am I experienced, but I am qualified. I am a graduate of the Australian National University, where I completed a Master of Laws (Migration) and was awarded the Fragomen Prize for attaining the highest academic results in my graduating year.


In addition to my work and study, I have always been active in my community as a volunteer. I was a long-serving volunteer of 12 years at Casey Cardinia Legal Service, providing advice on assisting CALD women on temporary visas experiencing family violence. 


I am also a published author on migration matters, and over the years, have been a regular contributor to government-led migration inquiries, providing written submissions and verbal evidence to numerous parliamentary committees.


One last thing… a fun fact about me… I have worked on several film productions as a producer, including a short film titled 'The last time I saw you’, about a young Hazara refugee and her difficulties fitting in socially. The film has received numerous domestic and international awards and was runner-up at Tropfest. I’m proud of this piece of work. You can view it here:


✔️ I am experienced

✔️ I am qualified

✔️ I am professional

✔️ I am ethical


My former clients endorse me and also say very nice things about me! Head to the testimonials page to see what some of them have said.


I can never make any guarantees on visa outcomes. However, my commitment to my clients is always to provide the highest level of service openly and transparently.


If you like what you’ve read (and googled) and are interested in speaking to me further about engaging my services, get in touch.